April 29, 2010
The Loyola track & field team will enter its best-ever group of athletes when it competes at the 2010 MAAC Outdoor Track Championships, hosted by Rider University Saturday and Sunday, May 1-2. Among the entries are ten athletes who combine to hold ten school-records in the events in which they are entered.
Head coach Jackie Truncellito has been encouraged all season about the performances of her athletes so far this season and could possibly see 13 school-records getting shattered this weekend.
Freshman Whitney Gibbs, who owns the program-record in both the 100m (12.35) and 200m dash (26.17), is penciled to run both races. Her 12.35 in the 100m at Navy earlier this season, is the third-best time in the MAAC to this point, while her 200m time is seventh. The New Haven, Conn., native is also penciled to run in the 4x100m relay with Samantha Westley, Lauryn Granara and Kristina Krupa.
"As a freshman, Gibbs has had a pretty profound impact on the Loyola sprinting program and has the potential to break both of her school-records at MAACs," said Truncellito.
Krupa (400m) and Westley (100m hurdles) just missed school-records last weekend at the TCNJ Lions Invitational due to wind, but are expected to compete in those events this weekend. Krupa will also anchor the 4x400m relay.
"Krupa and Westley have been hovering around the school-record times in both events all season," said the second-year head coach. "Krupa has broken 60 in the 4x400 relay and Westley just missed out last weekend, but they have never been more ready."
Distance runner Stephanie Gibney, who ran a Loyola-best 11:37.89 in the 3,000m Steeplechase at Towson, is also expected to enter with the second-best time thus far in the conference. Gibney will also run the 5,000m Run as will Amanda Bossi, who set the 10,000m school-mark last weekend at Penn and Kate Cervo.
Cervo and freshman Emily Rooney will run in the 10,000m Run.
The record-holding 4x800 relay team of Jackie D'Antonio, Alyssa Doyle, Emily Doucette and Britney Gibbons will compete in the event at MAAC's after running a 9:36.78 at the Penn Relays. Courtney McNamara and Doyle, along with Colleen Kinealy will also run the 1,500m, while D'Antonio, the school-record holder, Doucette and Gibbons will lead the `Hounds in the 800m.
"Colleen and C-Mac both ran PRs in the 1,500m at Widener two weeks ago and I hope they can carry that momentum into the weekend have a great finish to their careers at Loyola," commented Truncellito.
In the other field events, Granara and Baileys will compete in the long jump, Angeline Diamond and Megan Trainer in both the shot put and discus. Diamond will also compete in the hammer throw, while Lauren Chiaravalloti is the lone Greyhounds athlete to throw the javelin.
Following the MAAC Championships, those who have qualified will compete in the ECAC/IC4A Championship Saturday, May 15 in Princeton, N.J. Thus far, only Bossi has qualified for ECACs, but good weekends by Gibbs and Amaducci could thrust them into the mix as well.